Lassiter (film)

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"The Magnificent Thief" redirects here. For the syndicated TV movie, see It Takes a Thief (1968 TV series).
Theatrical release poster by Steven Chorney
Directed by Roger Young
Written by David Taylor
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography Gil Taylor
Release dates
February 17, 1984
Running time
100 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $17,513,452

Lassiter, also known as The Magnificent Thief, is a 1984 adventure film. Part caper and part espionage, it was set in 1930s London, and starred Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour. The movie was made to cash in on Selleck's popularity as the character Thomas Magnum in the show Magnum, P.I., but it failed to ignite the box-office on its release. The Magnum, P.I. connection is perhaps most clearly seen by the movie poster tagline The Magnum Man Hits the Big Screen with a Vengeance.


Nick Lassiter (Tom Selleck) is a gentleman jewel thief in 1939 London, England. He is arrested by the police after breaking into a London mansion and, after being a member of a phony lineup in which he is positively identified by a law enforcement plant, British law enforcement and the FBI blackmail Lassiter to break into the German Embassy and steal $10 million in Nazi diamonds from a German spy (Lauren Hutton), but first he must locate their hiding place. The gems are en route to South America and will be sold to help finance Hitler's military buildup.


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